Tea is Life

Taiwan is completely immersed in tea. It is cultivated in every region and sold on every corner of the street. Served in business negotiations, wedding banquets and funeral services.

Tea is part of Taiwan's social structure. "Come in and drink tea" – the usual greetings for guests.

Tea tables are a standard feature of Taiwanese homes and businesses. Serving tea, guests and customers can enjoy themselves.

Most Taiwanese tea to drink every day. It is said that tea gives energy and energy and provides a sense of comfort. The tea shop from the Alishan district spoke of a pet monkey that ran away, but returned three days later because of the lack of tea the owner used.

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The tea culture was also imported from China. The traditional gong-fu tea making method is still used by most people in Taiwan. Ideal for oolong tea, the most famous type of tea in Taiwan.

Tea in the Community

In the past, tea was an important export product. Black tea was the first kind of tea that had to be produced commercially, followed by green tea and then Paochung tea and oolong tea. All kinds of tea were popular exports.

As the Taiwanese economy is growing, increasing labor costs have reduced the competitiveness of tea exports. Despite the decline in exports, the domestic market for tea has grown. Over the last 30 years, there has been a growing demand for local tea, so current tea exports represent only 20% of total production.

Taiwan's high labor costs contribute to the rarity and cost of high mountain teas. Despite this high cost, world-renowned tea experts appreciate Taiwan's oolong as the world's best tea.

Global tea production is more than 2.5 million tons. Most of this (90%) is fully oxidized black tea, 8% non-oxidized green tea, and 2% semi-oxidized oolong tea. Oxidation refers to a natural chemical process that occurs when the plant material is exposed to air and becomes darker.

Total global production of oolong tea is 50,000 tonnes per year. The main breeding areas are the mainland provinces of Taiwan and Fujian and Guangdong, although they have produced oolong tea in Vietnam and Thailand in recent years. Taiwan's annual output is over 20,000 tons, most of which are consumed locally.

The high quality of Taiwanese tea is caused by many factors. Perhaps the most important of these is the unique climate in Taiwan. Taiwan is a subtropical country that borders the tropical area of ​​cancer and is the ideal setting for mountain terrain. The high mountain has cool, moist air that slowly grows, and in combination with fertile soil leaves tea that is among the best in the world.

Taiwan also has a strong tradition of tea processing, originating in China's Fujian Province, but adapted to local conditions. Tea production involves precise planting, careful selection, gentle rolling and slow baking. The production of oolong tea is a lengthy process that must be strictly controlled at every step.

Taiwanese tea is delighted to offer delicious oolong teas from various tea-producing regions in Taiwan.

Source by Ross MacIver

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